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Recut Madness: Favorite Movies Retold for Your Partisan Pleasure Hardcover – April 27, 2007

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Correct Bedtime Stories, Once Upon a More Enlightened Time, Politically Correct Holiday Stories, and Apocalypse Wow, which have sold more than 4 million copies and have been translated into 14 languages. His work has been published in Playboy, TV Guide, Chicago magazine, the Wall Street Journal, and the Chicago Tribune Magazine. He lives in Chicago.
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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; 1st Thunder's Mouth Press Ed edition (April 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568583362
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568583365
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,142,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Finn Garner's best known book is "Politically Correct Bedtime Stories", which spent 64 weeks on the New York Times Best-seller list, including six weeks in the top position. The book was also a best-seller in England and Canada, and has been translated into more than 25 languages. Its sequels, "Once Upon A More Enlightened Time" and "Politically Correct Holiday Stories", were also best sellers sold around the world.

His most recent work is "Tea Party Fairy Tales", which is available exclusively as a Kindle Single from Amazon.

His 2011 novel -- the seminal Clown Noir, "Honk Honk, My Darling: A Rex Koko, Private Clown Mystery" -- was voted Book of the Year (Nontraditional Fiction) by the Chicago Writers Association. His other books include "Recut Madness: Favorite Films Retold for Your Partisan Pleasure" and "Apocalypse WOW: A Memoir for the End of Time".

A former columnist with Chicago Magazine, Garner has broadcast commentaries on National Public Radio.

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Format: Hardcover
I have all but given up the hope that Mr. Garner will write another volume with the charm and hilarity of his "Politically Correct Bedtime Stories." Luckily, since I believe I have read all of his works, here is none left for me to try.

This very small book rewrites a variety of popular movies -- Pulp Fiction, Charlotte's Web, Network, etc. -- to satisfy the point of view of someone from a Red State (Republican) or Blue State (Democrat). There is promise in this approach to satirize both the left, the right. This is a common stance of the popular media writer -- see Time, Newsweek or your large hometown newspaper -- that provides vague satisfaction to both camps. But Garner evidently has neither he wit nor the insight to make more of his approach than to offer dimly-snarky --and very short! -- rewrites. His "Wizard of Dubya" is a huge ripoff of the original. All of its characters -- Dorothy, Auntie Em, Miss Gulch, Glinda, the WW of the W and the munchkins are preserved nearly untouched, as is the plot. You might think he would call the Yellow Brick Road something different, at least. His satiric darts pierce no pretensions and flit about aimlessly and without point. Alas, Mr. Garner's only goal seems to be to put yet another book into print, and to wend his swag-loaded wheelbarrow gleefully to the bank.

My advice? Don't even bother with "Recut Madness." You and you friends are twice as funny at lunchtime.
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Format: Hardcover
Recut Madness is a unique blend of current events, satire, and popular culture. I enjoyed the sheer absurdity and of having Forest Gump find a downed National Guard pilot who bears a striking resemblance to one G.W. Bush. as well as the anachronistic, but perfectly executed, piece based on Spartacus. The main feature, The Wizard of Dubya is, in its self, funny and complet enough to have been a stand alone piece.

This book was well researched well written and points out the stupidity on both sides of the American political system. I highly recommend this read to anyone, regardless of weather or not they have seen all the movies lampooned in this book, though it would help.
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Format: Hardcover
Hated this collection. Instead of plot or good writing, it is 'Democrats/Liberal Issue this' and 'Republicans/Conservative Issue that'. Garner re-uses old, good movies, doesn't change any names, botches the endings, and I found no pleasure in his partisanship. It's like reading bad fanfiction, politically slanted. If it's a choice between a hack political joke and story structure, expect the cliché joke. After reading, my impression was the author did his best to ruin some of my favorites movies.

Do not buy.
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A fun book lots of what should have been in some movies.
Get one or get a movie buff to buy you one for your birthday.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I read this when the book first came out, and now am glad to see there's an e-version. These movie parodies are clever as hell, and really a form of re-interpretation that makes you remember the movie differently even while you can't stop grinning. I especially love Garner's take on (take out?) of Miracle on 34th Street, and of course the multi-part Wizard of Oz rewrite, which has priceless moments. I don't know how well the red state / blue state divisions work, but that doesn't detract from the subversive wit and wisdom here. There ought to be an audio version, actually, because the full silliness comes out best when you read some of the dialogue aloud. To borrow a phrase from a different kind of movie criticism: Thumbs up!
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